Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Panajachel

Reserva Natural Atitlán

A former coffee plantation being retaken by natural vegetation, this reserve is 200m past the Hotel Atitlán on the northern outskirts of town. It makes a good outing on foot or bicycle. You can leisurely walk the ma…
Top Choice Italian in Panajachel

Circus Bar

Behind the swinging doors, Circus Bar has a cabaret atmosphere, with live music nightly from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. There is good pizza and even better pasta, plus a respectable wine list and imported liquors. Flamenco,…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Panajachel

El Patio

This is a locally popular joint for lunch; the front terrace makes an obvious meeting place. Try to make it for Monday lunch when everyone chows down on caldo de res (chunky broth), served with all the trimmings.
Top Choice Gallery in Panajachel

La Galería

Overflowing with art by Guatemalan painters and sculptors, this gallery functions as both an exhibit space and cultural center, hosting lectures, films and occasional concerts. Started in 1971 by the German-K'iche' …
Cafe in Panajachel

Crossroads Café

This cafe has made Panajachel a major crossroads for coffee aficionados. When he's not roasting beans, the Bay Area owner/head barista spends his time combing the highlands for small estate coffees to add to his ros…
American in Panajachel

Mister Jon's

All the perks of a US diner are here in abundance, including buttermilk pancakes, great omelets with hash browns or country biscuits on the side, and free coffee refills (of Guatemala's finest). But it's no gringo g…
Japanese in Panajachel

Restaurante Hana

Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Hana is ensconced in the serene courtyard of the Casa Cakchiquel, graced by hanging plants and a gallery of photos of old Pana. Besides preparing such classics as nigiri sushi, sa…
Salvadoran in Panajachel

Chero's Bar

Usefully located in the nightlife zone, Chero's can get pretty lively, with beer-drinking patrons gathering around simple wood tables as tuk-tuks zip by. Salvadoran staff slap out pupusas, either straight up or fill…
Pub in Panajachel

La Palapa

As the name suggests, this party center unfolds beneath a thatched-roof shelter (actually two), with a beachy ambiance. It's popular with volunteer gringos, but all sorts crowd in for the Saturday afternoon BBQ. Oth…
European in Panajachel

Chez Alex

The restaurant component of the Hotel Primavera serves some of Pana's finest cuisine, with a hefty dash of European influence and a wine list to back it up. After a meal of mussels in white-wine sauce or Camembert-s…